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Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project

Yiddish Book Center (Christa Whitney)

The Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project is a growing collection of in-depth video interviews with people of all ages, exploring Yiddish cultural topics and issues of modern Jewish identity. The Project is particularly interested in how Yiddish language and culture inform Jewish identity, and how they, along with Jewish values and practices, are transmitted across generations.



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Sophia Wise speaks about her family background. As a child her mother sang Tumbalalaika, which she didn't realize was Yiddish until she took the January term Yiddish course at the Book Center. She speaks about her great-grandfather's Yiddish letters, which she hopes to be able to read. Sophia then goes into detail about growing up as a Jew in Orlando, Florida and her family's involvement in the Jewish community. Sophia's Aunt Tess Wise established the Holocaust Center in Orlando and was one of...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Childhood, Family history and stories re. ancestors, Jewish...
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Leonard Nimoy - Jewish actor most well-known for his role as Spock on in the Star Trek science fiction series - was interviewed by Christa Whitney in Los Angeles, California on October 15, 2013.  Parts of this interview are in Yiddish, subtitled in English. To see produced shorts based on this interview, visit:  http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/Leonard-Nimoy . To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story . To cite this...
Topics: Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish...
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Ruth (Riva) Minsky Sender, Holocaust survivor and author, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 19, 2015 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-sto ry To cite this interview: Ruth (Riva) Minsky Sender Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Simcha Simchovitch, z"l, Yiddish poet, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 19, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Simcha Simchovitch Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Toronto, Ontario, Canada , July 19, 2016 . (https://archive.org/details/...
Topics: Jewish community, Yiddish personalities, Canada, America, Eastern Europe, Holocaust, World War Two,...
James Monroe  Števko was interviewed by Nina Pick on March 20th, 2019, in New York, NY. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: James Monroe Števko Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, March 20, 2019. Video recording,[https://archive.org/details/JamesMonroeStevko20Mar20192019YiddishBookCenter]...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family histories, Childhood, Yiddish language,...
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Roza Bieliauskiene, active member of the Vilnius, Lithuania Jewish community, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 29, 2012 in Vilnius, Lithuania. This interview is conducted entirely in Yiddish. Roza's parents were survivors from a shtetl outside of Vilnius. She grew up in Soviet Vilnius in a Yiddish home and recalls hearing the language spoken on the streets of her Jewish neighborhood. Roza worked as an engineer for many years before delving into the world of Jewish and Yiddish cultural...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Gloria Weiner Weiss, former Yiddish child actress on the radio and stage, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 21, 2017 in Manchester, Connecticut. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Gloria Weiner Weiss Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Manchester, Connecticut, November 21, 2017. Video...
Topics: Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish scene, Yiddish speaker, Theater, Radio, Channukah, Khanukah,...
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Diana Bregman Feld is the daughter of published Yiddish poet, Edith Kaplan Bregman. In this interview, Diana talked quite a bit about her mother, who was born in Telekhany, a shtetl in Belarus. Edith moved to the United States, to New York, with her family when she was thirteen. She read voraciously (Dreiser, Dostoyevsky, Shakespeare, all the Yiddish writers) and began writing poems as a teenager. She went to Palestine in the 1920s to take part in building the Jewish state, and there she met...
Topics: Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language (feelings...
Peter Shafran, child of Holocaust survivors, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 1st, 2019 in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Peter Shafran Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, July 1, 2019. Video...
Topics: Advice, Assimilation, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Cultural Transmission, Eastern...
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Sam Waizman, Holocaust survivor born in Warsaw, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Sam Waizman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, California, March 13, 2014....
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
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Moshe Kraus, Holocaust survivor and first chief cantor of the Israel Defense Forces, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 4th, 2016, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Moshe Kraus Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 4, 2016....
Topics: Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish speaker, Music, song, singing, Career and Professional...
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Barbara Kupfer Murray was interviewed by Jessica Parker on November 22, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Barbara Kupfer Murray Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jessica Parker, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Yiddish Book Center, Massachusetts, November 22, 2013. Video recording:...
Topics: Coney Island, Brooklyn, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Paris, France, Poland, Lodz, Soviet Union, New York,...
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Saul Rubinek, actor, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 29, 2017 in Hollywood, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Saul Rubinek Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Hollywood, California, November 29, 2017. Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Ron Finegold, audio recording engineer and curator of notable recordings at Montreal's Jewish Public Library, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 13, 2011 at the Jewish Public Library in Montreal, Quebec. Ron's father's side of the family came to Montreal as a group through the Jewish Colonization Program in South America. Ron's mother was born in 1896, and lived in Płoskirów, now known as Khmelnytskyi, in modern-day Ukraine, from 1914-1921. Ron's mother recounted the events...
Topics: Advice, Family history and stories re. ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish learning,...
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Professor Chava Turniansky, Professor Emeritus of Yiddish literature at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on June 17, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit:  www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Chava Turniansky Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Jerusalem, Israel, June 17, 2014....
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Ari Greenberg, a past intern at the Yiddish Book Center, discusses his Jewish background: from his grandparent's involvement in Marxist-Zionist organizations to Jewish Environmentalism at Adamah. Elaborating on the language learning process, Greenberg shares his feelings about the challenges of learning Yiddish and defining his Jewish identity. To cite this interview: Ari Greenberg Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hada Margulies, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin...
Topics: Jewish Environmentalism, Adamah, Yiddish in Leftist Circles, Studying Yiddish, Jewish Identity,...
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Anna Shternshis, Associate Professor of Yiddish at the University of Toronto, was interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka on December 20, 2016 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in San Diego, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Anna Shternshis Oral History Interview, interviewed by Agnieszka Ilwicka, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, the...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
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Marvin Zuckerman, retired English and Yiddish professor, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 17, 2013 in Pacific Palisades, California.  To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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David Amram, composer, conductor and instrumentalist, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 5th, 2019 in Beacon, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: David Amram Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Beacon, New York, July 5, 2019. Video...
Topics: Antisemitism, Assimilation, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Holocaust, Israel, Klezmer,...
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Velvel Pasternak, z"l , was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on August 15, 2011 at his home in New York. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Velvel Pasternak Oral History Interview, interviewed by Hankus Netsky, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Cedarhurst, NY, August 15, 2011. Video recording, http://archive.org/details/VelvelPasternak15aug2011YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )
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Lori Leifer, Yiddish singer and actor, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 3rd, 2019 in New York, NY. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Lori Leifer Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, July 3, 2019. Video recording,[https://archive.org/details/LoriLeifer3Jul2019YiddishBookCenter]...
Topics: Assimilation, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Family histories, Feminism,...
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Jacob Apelberg, Holocaust survivor and translator of Yiddish poetry, was interviewed by Martina Ravagnan on December 16, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Jacob Apelberg Oral History Interview, interviewed by Martina Ravagnan, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Baltimore, MD, December 16, 2014....
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Coming back...
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Dan Opatoshu, grandson of Yiddish novelist and short story writer Yosef Opatoshu, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview:  Dan Opatoshu Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, CA, 12 March 2014. Video recording,...
Topics: Dan Opatoshu, Yosef Opatoshu, Joseph Opatoshu, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Anna Sheldon, retired elementary school teacher and native Yiddish speaker born in Warsaw, Poland, was interviewed by Jessica Parker on March 12, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida. Anna begins the interview discussing her family background. She explains that her mother came from a large prominent, and religious family in Warsaw, Poland. Their surname was Klipfiscz and many members of the family were rabbis; most of the family perished in the Holocaust. On the other hand, she doesn’t know much about...
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Ben Zion Shenker, a world-renowned composer of nigunim (wordless melodies) in the Modzitzer Hasidic dynasty's tradition, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on July 3, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York. Ben Zion was raised in a musical home. His father was a cantor and he was considered a child prodigy by many. Throughout his career, Ben Zion has appeared on WEVD Yiddish Radio and has composed and recorded many niggunim which are used throughout the Orthodox world. To learn more about the Wexler Oral...
Topics: Jewish education, Music, song, singing, Radio, Israel, Family history, stories about ancestors,...
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David Mazower is the great-grandson of acclaimed Yiddish author and playwright Sholem Asch. Mazower, who was raised and still lives in England, tells of his own background and encounters with Yiddish alongside stories of his great grandfather. Interestingly, on both sides of his family Mazower has strong Yiddish ties. His great grandfather on his father’s side, Max Mazower, was a Bundist active in Vilna at the turn of the 20th Century. Mazower, who didn’t grow up speaking Yiddish, still has...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, National Yiddish Book Center, books, Yiddish...
Vesper Stamper, author and illustrator, was interviewed by Nina Pick on June 29th, 2019. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Vesper Stamper Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, June 29, 2019. Video recording,[https://archive.org/details/VesperStamper29JunYiddishBookCenter] ([dateaccessed])
Topics: Antisemitism, Books, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Family histories,...
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Irena Klepfisz, lesbian poet, writer, and activist, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 25, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story   To cite this interview: Irena Klepfisz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Brooklyn, New York, September 25, 2017. Video recording,...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Israel Zamir, z”l, Israeli journalist and son of Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 1, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Israel describes his father’s early life in Lenchen, a suburb of Warsaw, Poland. Singer was born in 1904, the son of Pinchos Menachem Zynger and Bathsheba Singer. Zynger was a dayan, or rabbinic judge, and counselled Jews at their homes on Krochmalna Street, later the subject of Singer’s In My...
Topics: Israel Zamir, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral...
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Harriet (Hasia) Segal, native Yiddish speaker who co-hosted a Yiddish radio show, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 12, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Harriet (Hasia) Segal Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, West Palm Beach, Florida, February 12, 2015....
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Yiddish language, Yiddish revival and...
Michael Billig, media producer and former set decorator, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 9th, 2019 in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Michael Billig Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, July 9, 2019. Video...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Coming back to Yiddish, Cultural Transmission, Eastern...
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Dana Szeflan-Bell, child survivor of the Holocaust and native of Warsaw, Poland, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 15, 2011 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Dana begins her interview with detailed descriptions of her family and their lives in Poland prior to WWII. After the war they settled in Montreal. She recalls her grandparents’ professions and their sophisticated lifestyles. She also discusses stories her parents shared with her growing up; stories of happy...
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Ruth Stark, founding board member of the Yiddish Book Center, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 25, 2017 in New York City. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Ruth Stark Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, September 25, 2017. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish language, Jewish Identity, Yiddish learning, Yiddish speaker, Scholarship, Academia, Books,...
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Carol Tellerman, z"l, member of the Hazomir Chorale of pre-WWII Lodz, Poland, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 14, 2013 in North Miami Beach, Florida. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Carol Tellerman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, N. Miami Beach, FL,...
Topics: song, singing, Childhood, Yiddish language, Immigration, Migration, Music, Eastern Europe, United...
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Ina Lancman, daughter of Soviet Yiddish poet Naftali Herts Kon, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 7th, 2014 at the Yiddish Book Center. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Ina Lancman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, November 7, 2014....
Topics: Ina Lancman, Naftali Herts Kon, Poland, Gulag, KGB, Czernowitz, Warsaw, Stalin, Great Purges,...
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Harriet Bonfeld, educator, is the daughter of the late Leon Feinberg, Yiddish poet, author of many books, and regional editor for the Yiddish newspaper Der Tog. Harriet speaks briefly of her father’s background growing up outside of Odessa (the same town as Marc Chagall). She remembers that her father liked to talk about his parents and grandparents, who were wealthy in Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution. She knows that he came to America the first time alone at age 14 to look for his...
Topics: Wexler Oral History Project, Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center
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Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman z"l, Yiddish poet and educator, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 26, 2012 at Yidish-Vokh in Maryland.  This interview is entirely in Yiddish. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite this interview: Beyle Schaechter Gottesman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Yidish-Vokh, Maryland, August 26, 2012....
Topics: Yiddish language interview, Yiddish speaker, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Soviet Union,...
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Cara De Silva, journalist and daughter of Yiddish writer Meyer Krawetz, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on September 18th, 2014 in New York City. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story Cara De Silva Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, New York City, September 18, 2014....
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
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Hankus Netsky, musician, folklorist, ethnomusicologist, and Chair of Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston, was interviewed by Nora Feinstein on July 8, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Hankus was born in 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up there in the middle-class Mt. Airy neighborhood. His father’s family immigrated from Podolia, Ukraine, and his mother’s family came from Kishinev in what is now Moldova. His father’s...
Topics: Klezmer Conservatory Band, Jews of Philadelphia, Jews of Boston, Jewish Education, Brecht, Klezmer,...
Nancy Wolfson-Moche, nourishment counselor, educator and Kohenet, was interviewed by Nina Pick on June 24th, 2019 in New York, NY. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Nancy Wolfson-Moche Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, June 24, 2019. Video...
Topics: Assimilation, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Cultural Transmission, Eastern Europe,...
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Alvin Becker, retired veterinarian, was interviewed by Rola Younes on December 3, 2013 in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite this interview: Alvin Becker Oral History Interview, interviewed by Rola Younes, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, December 3, 2013. Video recording,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Ruth (Warshavsky Zeitlin) Dropkin, daughter-in-law of Celia Dropkin, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 25, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Ruth (Warshavsky Zeitlin) Dropkin Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Brooklyn, New York, May 25, 2016....
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Literature, Books, Poetry, Family traditions,...
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Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman, co-creators and stars of YidLife Crisis, were interviewed by Christa Whitney on August 15, 2016 at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Segal...
Topics: Yiddish language, Yiddish learning, Film, Press, Career and Professional Life, Jewish community,...
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Ethel Taft, a former social worker and the daughter of Yiddish essayist, poet, and teacher Israel Gubkin, was interviewed by Mark Gerstein on October 2, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Ethel recalls the early life of her father who was born in Brest-Litovsk, Russia, in 1899. Israel Gubkin was a constant reader, self-taught in many areas, and had a strong grounding in Bible and history. During World War I, he served in a German forced-labor brigade, an experience that...
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Hanan Bordin, the Yiddish language instructor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the author of several Yiddish textbooks, was interviewed by Marcy Blattner on July 13, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Hanan Bordin was born in Riga, Latvia, in the former Soviet Union. Hanan states that he heard Yiddish as a child, but did not speak it. When he arrived in Israel in 1978, he had a vocabulary of about one hundred words in Yiddish....
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Benzion Miller, world-renowned Hassidic cantor and collector and composer of nigunim (wordless melodies), was interviewed by Hankus Netsky in Borough Park, New York on June 6, 2012. Parts of this interview are in Yiddish. Benzion was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany. He was raised in a musical family - his father was also a cantor - in various neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York. He recalls listening to WEVD Yiddish radio with his parents and discusses his memories of the Brownsville...
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Edward Katz - brother of Yiddish writer Menke Katz - and his wife, Phyllis, were interviewed by Christa Whitney on May 26, 2013 in Riverdale, NY. This interview is in both Yiddish and English. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Edward & Phyllis Katz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Riverdale, NY, May...
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Ed Colker, artist, designer, and teacher, was interviewed by Nina Pick on June 26, 2017 in Mt. Kisco, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Ed Colker Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Mt. Kisco, New York, June 26, 2017. Video recording, [https://archive.org/details/EdColker26Jun2017YiddishBookCenter]...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish teaching,...
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Shirley Cohen Steinberg, writer and director of Yiddish plays, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on November 3rd, 2016, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Shirley Cohen Steinberg Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 3rd, 2016....
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Childhood, Yiddish language, Coming back to Yiddish,...
Sonia Goldstein, Yiddish speaker and former teacher of children with disabilities, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 10th, 2019 in New York, NY. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Sonia Goldstein Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York, July 10, 2019. Video...
Topics: Advice, Assimilation, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Education, Family...
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Naomi Bloch, a Yiddish librarian and translator, was interviewed by Lynn Yanis on August 12, 2013 at the Yiddish Book Center. Naomi was born in Cape Town, South Africa to Yiddish-speaking parents. Her father owned a factory and their home was a typically observant Jewish household built on the slope of Table Mountain. She describes speaking Yiddish among her family and Cape Town's Jewish community as a young girl. In high school, Naomi went to Talmud Torah five times a week and was a part of...
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Michael Steinlauf is an Associate Professor of History at Gratz College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Professor Steinlauf is the only child of Polish Holocaust survivors who survived, in hiding, on Polish soil. (Only about 50-70,000 Jews survived on Polish soil.) His parents were both from Warsaw; his mother went to the University of Warsaw and taught history before she went into hiding. His father was in the Warsaw Ghetto through the great deportation, and then went underground. His parents...
Topics: peretz, diaspora nationalism, poland, polish jews, coney island, krakow jewish cultural festival,...
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Aaron Paley, founder of Yiddishkayt L.A., was interviewed by Christa Whitney on February 7th, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.   To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Aaron Paley Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Los Angeles, California, February 7, 2018. Video recording, [Internet Archive URL] ([date...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Hershl Hartman, native Yiddish speaker and educational director at the Sholem Community in California, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on January 15, 2013 at Workmen's Circle Los Angeles. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Centerâs Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Hershl Hartman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Workmen's Circle Los Angeles,...
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Arnold Richards was interviewed by Sara Israel on June 1, 2012 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Arnold Richards Oral History Interview, interviewed by Sara Israel, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, June 1, 2012. Video recording,...
Topics: Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish revival and activism, Coming back to Yiddish,...
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Daniel Kahn grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Daniel's mother was born in Detroit, Michigan, and his father was born in Akron, Ohio. Daniel's four grandparents lived in many different hubs across the nation including the Lower East Side, Wisconsin, and Ohio. Though a self proclaimed American, Daniel reflects on his mother's family's Galician past, and how his father's family left Austria-Hungary for England before immigrating to the United States. Growing up, Daniel went to Temple...
Topics: Detroit, New Orleans, Berlin, Moscow, Krakow, Bund, Union organizing, Reform, German, Psoy...
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Christa Whitney, director of the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, was interviewed by Lesley Yalen on October 12, 2010 at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Christa Whitney Oral History Interview, interviewed by Lesley Yalen, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish...
Topics: Smith College, Justin Cammy, oral history, Childhood, Family history, stories about ancestors,...
Craig Judelman, musician, composer, and educator, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on March 31st, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. Recorded as part of the Collecting These Times: American Jewish Experiences of the Pandemic project with the Council of American Jewish Museums, to record stories from the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020-2022. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Craig...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Education, Family traditions, Food,...
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Avi Hoffman was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 12, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida.  To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Avi Hoffman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Boca Raton, FL, March 12, 2013. Video recording, [URL of interview] ( [date accessed] )
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Binya Koatz, activist, writer, musician, and educator, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on January 13th, 2021 in Piedmont, California. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Binya Koatz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Piedmont, California, January 13, 2021. Video...
Topics: Assimilation, Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Family histories, Family...
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Motl Didner, Associate Artistic Director of the Folksbiene National Yiddish Theatre, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 17, 2013 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Motl Didner Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Boston, Massachusetts, December...
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Artist Stan Edelson was interviewed by Jessica Parker at the Yiddish Book Center on November 12, 2012. To learn more about the Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Stan Edelson Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jessica Parker, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Amherst, MA, November 12, 2012. Video recording, https://archive.org/details/StanEdelson12november2012YiddishBookCenter ( [date accessed] )
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Hy Eisman, American cartoonist who writes and draws the "Popeye" comic strip, was interviewed (remotely) by Nina Pick on April 5th, 2021 in Glen Rock, New Jersey. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Hy Eisman Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Glen Rock, New Jersey, April 5, 2021. Video...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Education, Immigration and migration,...
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Riva Ginsburg, the daughter of Holocaust survivors and Yiddish teacher and translator, was interviewed by Jessica Parker on March 11, 2013 in Boca Raton, Florida. Riva was born in a Displaced Persons camp in Germany to Soviet partisans who came from neighboring towns in Belarus. She spends the beginning of the interview primarily telling their stories, including her mother's narrow escape from a ghetto liquidation and the story of how her father and his brother were responsible for blowing up...
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
Patrick Farrell, accordion player who specializes in klezmer music, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 19th, 2019 in Weimar, Germany. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Patrick Farrell Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Weimar, Germany, July 19, 2019. Video...
Topics: Career and Professional Life, Childhood, Eastern Europe, Klezmer, Music, Synagogue, Travel, United...
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Miriam Gross, retired research librarian and daughter of Yiddish writer B. Demblin, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on December 28, 2015 in her home in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Miriam Gross Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney , Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, New York, New York , December 28, 2015....
Topics: Advice, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language,...
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Zvi Jankelowitz, Director of Institutional Advancement at the Yiddish Book Center, was interviewed by Jessica Parker on April 11, 2013 in Amherst, MA. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Zvi Jankelowitz Oral History Interview, interviewed by Jessica Parker, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Karmazin Recording Studio, Yiddish Book Center, April 1, 2013. Video...
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Theodor Heimann Olsen, klezmer trumpet player and queer activist, was interviewed by Nina Pick on July 18th, 2019 in Weimar, Germany. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story To cite this interview: Theodor Heimann Olsen Oral History Interview, interviewed by Nina Pick, Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, Weimar, Germany, July 18, 2019. Video...
Topics: Advice, Antisemitism, Assimilation, Books, Childhood, Holocaust, Immigration and migration, Israel,...
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Gregory Firman is an Amherst, Massachusetts-based psychiatrist and a member of the Yiddish Book Center. He grew up in Los Angeles, California. Three of Gregâs grandparents were born in what is today the Ukraine; he believes that the fourth was born just over the border in Belarus. Greg is angry and sad that he doesnât know more about his grandparentsâ lives in Europe; he wishes that they had been more forthcoming and/or that he had interviewed them before they died. However, he knows a fair...
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Shimon Alperovitch, z"l, head of the Jewish community in Vilnius, Lithuania, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 31, 2012 in Vilnius. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Shimon Alperovitch was born in Vilna in 1928, during the Polish occupation of Lita. His mother came from a prominent Jewish family in Lita (Lithuania) called Strashun. Some of Shimon's ancestors were renowned rabbis, mentioned in the German Jewish encyclopedia, Brockhaus. There is a library named after the...
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Abraham Lichtenbaum, Yiddish teacher and director of the IWO (the Argentinian YIVO, Yidisher Visnshaftlekher Institut, Yiddish Scientific Institute) in Buenos Aires, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on July 31, 2012 in Vilnius, Lithuania. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Abraham was born in Argentina in 1943. His father came from Warsaw to Buenos Aires as an orphan in 1922. His mother came from Odessa with her family in 1907 or 1908. His maternal family was originally from Slutzk,...
Topics: Yiddish Book Center, National Yiddish Book Center, Wexler Oral History Project, nybc, ybc, Yiddish,...
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Chana Mlotek, renowned musicologist and folklorist specializing in Yiddish music, theatre, and poetry, was interviewed by Hankus Netsky on August 15, 2011 at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1922, Eleanor “Chana” Gordon and her older sister Malka grew up in the Sholem Aleichem Amalgamated Homes in the Bronx where they were immersed in Yiddish language and culture. Their father was an amateur actor who instilled a love for Yiddish music...
Topics: Yiddish language, Yiddish teaching, Yiddish revival and activism, Yiddish speaker, Yiddish scene,...
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Jean Fidelman Kopelman Haber, daughter of Yiddish theater prompter and cousin of English-language novelist Bernard Malamud, was interviewed by Christa Whitney on March 4, 2015 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York, New York. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, visit: http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story      To cite this interview: Jean Fidelman Kopelman Haber Oral History Interview, interviewed by Christa Whitney, Yiddish Book...
Topics: Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood, Jewish Identity, Yiddish language, Yiddish...
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Miriam Oles, psychotherapist and granddaughter of Yiddish poet Eliezer Schindler, was interviewed by Amanda Lundquist on December 15, 2013 at the Association for Jewish Studies conference in Boston, MA. To learn more about the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, visit: www.yiddishbookcenter.org/tell-your-story. To cite: Miriam Oles Oral History Interview, interviewed by Amanda Lundquist, Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, Association for Jewish Studies conference,...
Topics: Advice, Favorite Yiddish word, Yiddish words, Family history, stories about ancestors, Childhood,...
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Michael Wex was interviewed by Pauline Katz at KlezKamp in the Catskills on December 29, 2010. Michael Wex’s interview takes us through a beautifully detailed and often funny telling of his life growing up in Canada, his time spent studying medieval literature, and how his interests eventually led him to write “Born to Kvetch.” The interview begins with Michael’s detailed family history that he dates back to his grandfather’s grandfather, a famous Hasidic rebbe in Poland. He then...
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